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Jokowi: From bamboo shack to the presidential palace

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:24 PM
Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (L) poses with a child beside his colleague Anies Baswedan while waiting for the announcement of poll results by the Elections Commission, at Waduk Pluit in Jakarta July 22, 2014 -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - He was raised in a bamboo shack in a riverbank slum on Indonesia's main island of Java.

Now Joko Widodo will become the country's next president, a remarkable rise for the down-to-earth outsider in a political scene long dominated by aloof dynasties and elites from the era of dictator Suharto.

Final results on Tuesday showed that Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, won the closely-fought election on July 9 against ex-general Prabowo Subianto, with 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

Prabowo earlier said he was withdrawing from the race alleging massive fraud, although most independent analysts have said that the election has largely been free and fair.

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